The Yamashiro Farmers Market is awfully romantic. Perched directly beneath the Asian restaurant of the same name in the Hollywood Hills, the market boasts one of the most beautiful views in Los Angeles.
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Sure, there is fresh produce at the Phoenix Public Market, but the real draw is all of the handcrafted treats, from slabs of fudge to gourmet caramels.
After a taste of the steak-y smashed burger from Nighthawk's Kitchen, it's easy to see why this food stand draws the longest line at the Troy Farmers Market.
The Greenmarket these days is looking, well, a little gray. Yup, it's winter, and the local produce you can get now is what you'll be getting clean through March or April: apples and pears; squash and roots; onions and crucifers. Take a look at what you can expect for the months to come.
The Tuesday edition of the Lane County Farmers' Market in Eugene, Oregon might be a tad smaller than the one we visited in Portland, but it's full of riches nonetheless. Freshly caught salmon, gorgeous tomatoes, greens of all kinds, grapes, and apples greeted us as we made our way around on a recent visit. Check out the slideshow for a peek at some Oregon produce (and other tasty farmers' market bites).
We're pretty spoiled when it comes to farmers markets in San Francisco. There is, of course, the Ferry Building—the arguable Big Daddy of all markets everywhere, but there are an amazing number of little market gems all over the city. Like the Grove Street Farmers Market, holding court between Divisadero and Broderick every Sunday.
This week, we turn our attention to one of the early fall highlights of the market: peppers of every shape, size, and color are all over the market right now, from big sweet red bell peppers to neon yellow, mouth-burning specimens. Click through the slideshow for a closer look at the family capsicum.
The Carrboro Farmer's Market is a Saturday morning institution in the Triangle. But you can't shop on an empty stomach, so we ventured out to find 10 great bites to grab as you browse the market. Hot dogs, chocolate babka, kimchee, and more.
The Buford Highway Farmers Market is a 100,000 square-foot grocery megastore, about Costco-sized. If there was a Nobel Prize for markets, this would absolutely deserve to win. Take the eggplant aisle: Sicialian, Dominican, Indian, Thai, and other varieties all lined up next to each other, in various shades of the indigo continuum. Check out all of the international produce at this incredible Atlanta market.
Though California is blessed with beautiful produce throughout the year, the crowd at the Santa Monica Farmers Market seemed especially excited with spring and summer offerings overlapping. Fava beans and asparagus were plentiful, and there were some early heirloom tomatoes as a harbinger of summer.
An unseasonably warm March seems to have jumpstarted the local Greenmarkets, and over the last week we've seen that first polarizing sign of spring for farmer's market regulars: ramps. Not just a few, and not just enough for restaurant chefs to snatch up before regular shoppers arrive, but bushels and bushels of the sweet wild leeks.Click through the slideshow for a closer look at what we saw at the market last week.
Mercado Central (Central Market) in Valencia is Spain's largest fresh food market and one of Europe's largest and oldest running food markets, opened in 1928*. (In other words, it's a must-visit if you're in Valencia.) The cavernous building is home to over 900 food stalls selling fruit, vegetables, spices, seafood, meat, cheese, nuts, olives, cured meats, and more.
The market was filled with fall treasures: pomegranates, quinces, crispy Asian pears and winter squash, as well as the lingering delights of late-summer like heirloom tomatoes, Rosso Bianco eggplants, and every grape variety imaginable.
When traveling through the rolling corn fields of Eastern Pennsylvania, it's hard to limit the number of stops one can make at this or that roadside farm stand. Thankfully, the Kutztown outpost of Renningers Antiques and Farmers Market kills several birds with one convenient, folksy stone. The market stalls are teeming with Pennsylvania Dutch classics like sauerkraut baked beans, shoo-fly pie, pretzels, horehound candy (who still eats horehound candy?!) and all manner of cured meats.
There are so many reasons that I feel lucky to live in the Bay Area. This week, one of those reasons was that we still have well over a month to buy fresh, local tomatoes. This week I took advantage of that at Ferry Plaza. Check out snapshots from the market, including grapes, zucchini, fresh ramen, Dragon Tongue beans, and more.
The Bethany Beach Farmer's Market—which closes for the season on Sunday, September 11th—packs a solid 15 growers into the PNC Bank parking lot just a block away from Bethany's main boardwalk. For a small market, they've done a nice job assembling a wide variety of vendors; you'll find everything from standard fare (corn, cheese, heirloom tomatoes) to the more exotic (mushrooms, honeycomb candles and cupcakes, handmade lavender soap).
Despite the late summer arrival of heat-wilted afternoons, the chill of the evening skies and whispering hints of autumn are signs that the farmers' markets in the Northwest are coming to a close. So to finish out my own season for Market Scene out in Washington state, what better way to bid farewell to summer than from my own backyard—welcome to Duvall, just northeast of Seattle. Won't you visit for a final stroll through our little market?
Central Square in Cambridge has grown into an important food destination and the Central Square Farmers' Market gives lovers of fresh, local food another reason to visit the area. At the Kimball Fruit Farm stand, chef Steve Johnson had packed boxes with as much produce as he could carry back to his restaurant Rendezvous in Central Square. We also spotted chef Tony Maws shopping for Craigie on Main, around the corner from the market. Check out photos of the pumpkin blossoms, peaches, early pears, shell beans, and more beautiful produce.
As August begins to wind down, it can start to feel like summer's over. If you find yourself in these doldrums, head to your local Greenmarket: it's positively bursting with peak season goodness, from tomatoes to corn to peaches and plums and more. Being in Union Square this week, it felt like we were just getting started.
At this time of year, the farmer's market is in full swing. Suddenly it's such a pleasure to go grocery shopping that I'd do it twice a day, if possible. The result is a kitchen that's stockpiled with produce, far too much for me to tackle alone. What a perfect excuse to make lunch and share with friends what summer is all about.